Fort Portal — Princess Ruth Komuntale tied the knot on Saturday with her African-American beau Christopher Thomas in a colourful ceremony at St. John's Cathedral in Fort Portal witnessed by hundreds of guests and the king's subjects.
Komuntale was led through the church aisle by her brother King Oyo Nyimba in a golden robe, as the police band played the familiar "Praise the Lord," hymn. Marching from behind were close members of the royal family who included the Queen Mother Best Kemigisa.
The event was colourful, with women adorned in colourful hairstyles of red, orange and purple being the dominant colours. Other people sat under tents raised outside the overflowing cathedral and followed proceedings from the projector screens erected outside the church.
A royal wedding has not taken place in the Kingdom in a very long time. The couple met two years ago in America.
Present at the ceremony were several dignitaries who included guests from other Ugandan cultural institutions of Bunyoro, Busoga, Buganda and Teso. The cathedral was teeming with many dignitaries among whom were Buganda's Nnabagereka Sylvia Nagginda.
Also present were cultural delegations from African cultural institutions of Ghana, Congo, DR Congo, Benin and Swaziland. There were also foreign diplomats, ministers, and Members of Parliament.
Uganda's vice president Edward Ssekandi, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and former minister Kirunda Kivejinja all turned up to see Princess Komuntale united with Christoper.